Whew do I have a post for you…


My plan was by this time of year 2020 to be in crafting genius mode. I am not. I am still in where is my craft room under this mountain of raw materials mode.
Does that stop my driveway shopping excursions? Not for a minute. This last weekend I got some really cool things too.
On Saturday I went to an estate sale at a retirement community. The high rise was having it in the community room.
I got some boring stuff.


A couple pool floaties that can be filled with water or air. The idea is they can be used to cool your aching back. I think they will just be pool floaties.

Then I paused at a table with a lonely looking lady and admired this bowl she had fake grapes in. “Just take it” she says. I told her I couldn’t, that wouldn’t be right and offered $2 for this bowl I didn’t want. She said no just $1. Wait that is not how negotiations are supposed to go! So yes I took it and to be honest it is growing on me. I am searching for it’s origins but so far not finding much.


She also had a lot of pewter. So I bought this little pitcher, creamer I think for my Beloved. He collects pewter.
Only it isn’t… pewter. It is quadruple silver plate from the Pairpoint MFG co. in New Bedford Mass. Who I understand went out of the silver plating business about 1938. Possibly before then.

Then we went to brunch at Denny’s with our adult children.
We did decide that brunch together is fun and we should do it on Saturdays but… at my house which has better food, service, less noise and much less cost. So the consensus decided. I do love cooking and for a crowd!

So Beloved and I hit one more sale. It was for a good cause, Veteran suicide awareness. This guy travels the country putting on these sales to raise money to help vets get the help they need. Since my father, going back several generations was a vet, my Fil and grandfather in law were vets (on Beloved’s maternal side) I support helping veterans get any and everything they need. I personally feel that veterans when they get home should get free medical care, housing and schooling for life.
Anyway he had some pictures Beloved looked at. I think he finally chose a T-Rex.
I found Barbies. Of course!
The guy tells me they are vintage. No. They are 80’s or 90’s. I told him vintage is 70’s and beyond. He says he knew they were old because he had put them in storage 10 to 15 years ago when his little girl didn’t want them. OK that’s 2005, still not vintage but I didn’t argue. I knew he didn’t know what he was talking about because while he was trying to urge some one else to buy something I heard him tell her he bought the dolls along the way to resell…
Either way I paid my $2 each and made off with these. I will enjoy redressing the ones not in original clothes.

These Kens look to be the same. I think the dressed one is all original. He has a wedding band on! I have never seen one with a wedding band before. He will go on a shelf as is. The other one I will enjoy dressing up in some of my Ken clothes.

These 3 girls. One is wearing a dress from a Ty Kids. I know because I have the Ty Kid that owns the dress. What is up with the bikini babe’s leg? She will go into the tote with the rest of the swimsuit dolls that are in their original suits. This 3rd one I will fix up her hair and add her to the model tote.

A cheer leader! I need to find some pompoms and sneakers. I know I have sneakers I may have pompoms.

I am thinking this one was an ice skater. Maybe one of the Olympic ones. I have seen this hair and face on various skater dolls.

Then this one in a simple white swimsuit.

This one I named Ellie Mae. Not at all sure why… it just seemed to fit. She will become one of my new stuff models.


Then there is this one. I guess she was left in the sun with leggings on or something?

The biggest score of the weekend though were these.

Near as I can find they are Cuddle Cats by Lefton. They must be fairly rare because I can only find crumbs related to them. They were made in Japan which dates them probably to the mid 60 early 70s which is when Lefton began moving manufacturing from Japan to cheaper places. The bits of info I have found have been on places like pinterest.de and .eu Nothing US so far.

One person says they are just after WW2 and made in occupied Japan, but in that case they would be marked that way. These only have the paper labels.

I don’t care for value, I know they are worth more than the $20 I paid. The tea pot is damaged but well repaired and one of the shakers has a flea bite on it. Otherwise they are in excellent shape.

Have you shopped on any driveways lately? I know much of the country is still too chilly but here in Texas it is almost ac weather!
Let me know what you think of my shopping. Did I do well?
Hugs y’all!

Surprises Barbie

OK Beloved and I took a walking trip through Walmart. I found on clearance for $5 a Surprise Barbie! Now seeing as these are still $19.98 at the other Walmart (we have 3 super centers here and… 4 or 5 markets) I had to scoop this one up!


I love the face and the hair. She is a simple doll, suitable for a young girl. Also for grandma’s who still act like small girls!
The hair is so curly, I LOVE dolls with curls. She doesn’t bend or turn which is disappointing in a supposedly $20 doll. Still she is pretty enough to keep for dress display.


Ok the first box contained, scrubs! So I am supposing her to be a nurse. BTW I adore the pink tennies!


The next compartment revealed… a smock and artists palette and brush.

So a nurse who paints as a hobby…

The final compartment revealed… a puppy with a bottle… maybe she is a veterinarian instead of a nurse.

I have no clue but she is a lovely doll. To be honest, I think the $5 was a decent price for her. I would not have paid $19 or $20 though.

I got another doll at the same time. This one I have not decided to open or not but the box is good for pictures anyway.


She is National Geographic Barbie.

I love the penguin. I actually got my oldest grandson a bag of penguins for Christmas. This one was on sale for $4. They had a lot of these so I might get another one and open one. I might get a few and keep some for gifts for my Barbie needing friends…

Have you scored any dolly goodness lately? Find any lasses on clearance that had to go home with you?

Hugs y’all

Finally… Dolls!

OK I know it has been a looong time since I wrote about dolls. Sorry Helen!
Hopefully today’s post will make up for it.
Last time I told you about our trip to San Antonio and I mentioned a new dolly that came home with me.


Here she is! 1972 Shirley Temple! I just love Shirley Temple Movies. I am in awe of how they allowed children to see the tragic side of life too. Not like now days with rainbow bridges and such. Children then saw tragedy as a part of life. Shirley was adorable as she maneuvered through the various hardships of a depression or civil war tyke. Real tears erupt when she says her mommy got cracked up too (like her dad a pilot did). Anyway, I saw this doll at Mason Country Collectibles and fell in love. They actually have 2 more that I want. All in original dresses but not totally original.


Next, I got another of my all time favorite Barbies. Sweet 16! Now I have one in the package, one out on display and one to play around with. All 3 have complete dresses, with the often missing string bow.


Then, I saw this young lady and fell in love with the face. It is simple, adorable and not overly made up. I love the freckles. I believe she is a Midge, because my older Midge is the one with freckles. Sigh…

I saw her on clearance for $5 and got her to open. Got another not on sale for $7.94 then forgot and got another for $7.94… and I didn’t even put any of them in totes!

Then I saw this one in RED. Did not fall in love but still thought she rocked the plaid pretty well. She needs leggings though. I think I have some here somewhere.


Then I saw this dress set and it made me happy so home it came.

This swimsuit set also made me happy so it came home as well!

So lets open the dolly with the damaged box because I think she will look great in these new clothes!

This set looks like a wedding outfit. Something you would wear to a fancy affair of some sort. It needs shoes…
Which pair?



OOPs the ones that match the purse won’t go on over her heel!

OK lets try the swim set.
Not my favorite suit. Though the gold lam`e sets off her hair. I do love her silky hair!

OK with the cover up. I like the cover up better than the suit. The necklace just seems out of place. The bangle rolled somewhere on my desk and eludes me!


Let’s try the shorts set.
I think it makes her look young and less fashion star. I added the sneakers from my stash.
I think she will stay in this set for a little while.

So what do you think? What shoes go with the fancy dress best?
Should I unbox the RED doll and give her some pants?
Do you like my Shirley?
BTW I don’t buy every doll I see.
I did not get this one because I don’t like the mouth. it looks… foamy some how like she’s rabid…
My hope is to be able to blog at least once a week now that things seem to be slowing down and aligning in better lines.
Hug y’all!

A Misfire, Busy day Breakfast and Musings

Yesterday I attempted to bake with stevia. All the online places I found assured me this can be done. Perhaps it can, I will try again later.


However, yesterday’s attempt was a dismal failure. The dropped cookies had ugly shapes and worse, tasted awful. Like hard biscuits with no sweet at all. I even tried adding some chocolate chips and peppermint bark, not much improvement! Ultimately inedible. Though Katie enjoyed a few of the plain ones with out the added stuff.

Today I baked normal cookies and just won’t eat them all in a day. Actually, it takes days to eat a batch. I plan to make smaller cookies too and maybe freeze some. I know I can freeze dough. I may do some of that too, so I can bake a few after dinner. (I did not do any of this…) OK This is the next day. The cookies are sooo sweet. I can only eat one or 2 a day. Which is a good thing!

His

Hers
I love peanut butter, but not in cookies. Odd I know but it is me.
Since I plan to be busy baking, doing laundry, making a list of things to make for gifts and other miscellaneous, things my breakfast this morning is toast and coffee.

I chose peanut butter because it is high in protein and I need protein! My coffee as usually is well creamed and mixed with hazelnut instant coffee. Because, caffeine! I am having this again today, since it was soooo good yesterday!

My doll shelves are almost complete, I think I have dolls in the area I want them, I just need to organize them. Here is what I have so far.

Tv and Movie dolls. Beanie babies are on top of the dolls on the right. See the one in purple? She is a Rapunzel doll in a Jasmine costume, which is meant to represent Jeanie from I dream of Jeanie. I think there maybe a real Barbie version of her somewhere, but this is mine!I need to redo the top shelf and move the non Holiday dolls to other shelves, where they fit better. I do think I want this year’s holiday doll and I will need more room…

Snoopy. This shelf hasn’t really changed. I do want to rearrange it, I just haven’t figured out how yet.


Misc, Some Barbie, some Peanuts, some Princess. The shelf under it holds unopened clothes /accessory packs. The top shelf are my bigger dolls, the ones I like to dress. Once I get stands for them, I will probably unbox the ones boxed up. The boxes take up room that could be used to get more dolls!

Boxed Barbies. Some of these will get opened, some will stay boxed and some will go away entirely, because I have dups or changed my mind on wanting them.

Rag Dolls and Barbies and Ever After High. Plus the few porcelains I couldn’t part with. They remind me of Ann with and E and Diana…


Barbies. My vintage ones, I want to go on top. Then ones in their original outfits then ones I just like. Next to this are my Holiday Barbies. I have some on top of my TV/Movie ones too.
Now, my furry family …


Mouse being shy and then the look she gives me when I do not share my tacos with her.

Munchie, when she realizes mom means it when she says leave my knitting alone.

Katie when… ok pretty much anytime she wants in my lap…
Whats going on at your place?
Hugs y’all

More Bits and Bobs

I am working on a project. A friend gave me the idea.

I am going to use these. I am not sure what they were originally for and I think I paid way too much for them. I have no idea WHY I bought them in the first place.

My plan is to take photo pages, put them into a note book then use these cards to make daily to do routines.
I can color code them too for special things, like organizing holiday tasks. My everyday tasks will be one color. My once a week tasks one color, then tasks I do now and then one color and each week I can slip in what I want done that week.
This way on weeks when I have high energy, I can do more and weeks when I can barely move, I will do less. My hope is it evens out over all so my home is comfortable and neat all the time.
We have had rain now for at least 7. Days. Straight!
I thank God for the rain, and hope the bridges hold out! I heard our one dry lake is now at flood stage and they opened the flood gates on the other 2.


My friend Helen asked me for a close up of this doll. So, Helen here it is.
The boxed one is a little hard to get to.


Here is the unboxed one. This is I think, the first one. The boxed one is #2. I LOVE the hair on this doll.

These are by far my favorite style of Barbie shoes, other than boots. I LOVE boots. Can not wear them but I love them.
Also, if you love gorgeous artwork and scripture, and in general uplifting things. If you use facebook, check out Millie’s Coffee Corner. I don’t remember how I found it but I love it!

Now, just because I can, here are pictures of my adorable grandsons.

Enkel 1

Enkel 2
Hugs Y’all

Something Old and Something New.



I love this doll. She reminds me of Audra from Big Valley. Linda Evans when she was truly beautiful.

Before her ex made her get surgery to become his ideal.

Right down to her boots.

Now… I have told you of my totes of new doll stuff.
Do you know what happens when you see something you like enough to buy it and put it in a tote for later…
Yep…

I saw this doll and really loved her hair. I paid full price. I just love the hair. I put her in the tote.

Later I Saw this doll, and just really loved the hair. She was on sale for $6. So I bought her and put her in the tote.

Then I went and saw this doll on clearance, and just really loved the hair and bought her for $4.50… and put her in the tote. Then, when I began reorganizing I decided to see what was IN the tote… yep 3 lovely dolls, and I still really love the hair!
The same goes for clothes…

Ken has a few extras… I just LOVE a man in jeans and flannel. So I got these for my MJ/Ken. Got one, stuck it n the tote… You see where this leads right? This time I stopped at 2 though…

These are just so gorgeous I may just display one and open one. I fell n love with the dress and got one… Saw it later and…

This set I love the pink tee. It looks like something I would like to wear…


I have 4 shelves of unopened dolls. The top 2 shelves are keepers. They will remain box. The other 2 are in the air as to whether they will be unboxed or not. Given away or kept. Some are duplicates, the idea being buy one to open and 1 to leave boxed. I may rethink that plan… Not sure yet but some may end up at toys for tots or under the church children’s tree.
Do you ever do this?
Hugs y’all

Today’s Post is a bit of Misc.

I have so much to post that I decided today to grab a few things at hand. Plus post some before pictures of the chaos that is my office.

I will begin with this tiny item. My grand boy calls these blind bags/box. I have had this thing for MONTHS moving it from spot to spot to get it out of the way.

It is pretty and pink and marked Barbie so… here goes. I cut off the wrapper and behold, a pink barrel that reminds me of monkeys. With instructions I could not possibly read.


Aha! A dr. or vet Barbie. Cute. Useless but cute.

Next just a quick pic of… Farmer Barbie… My mind is swirling with a diorama of schleich animals and this doll… I love her face.

Next a trio of Kens.
One of my favorite movies or ALL time is the original Wizard of Oz. Don’t bore me with the knock offs. I watch this movie every year around thanksgiving, along with a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (I do CB on all holidays, since I have all the Peanuts holiday movies!)
So since these came to me not totally boxed (I have Lion, Scarecrow, Glinda and Dorothy in boxes) I decided to open them up.

Each one came with a cardboard picture.


I did Scarecrow first. I notice he is articulated. So he can stumble around I suppose. I like the face paint on him. Very vivid.

Next I removed Lion from his trappings. He is not articulated. He has a hair brush. I however will not touch his locks, I like them as is! He also is the only one that can stand alone.


Tin man was coming out of his trappings with out my help! He was losing his shoes. Notice he is totally painted silver… no swapping him out with another Ken. He also is articulated. So he can sway I bet. Note, none of these had their heads tagged to the box!

Now for my vintage girls.

Molded hair Barbie.

Molded hair Midge. Or is she Francie? I don’t remember.

Why do the old dolls look ticked off? They just look so mad to me! Reminds me of the “bad” girls in the GLH books.


I do have wigs for them! These came with the Barbie but the heads are the same size even though Midge is short. I have not taken time to try dressing them. I like Midge’s suit. Barbie has a green spot, so I will find her a dress at some point to cover it. I haven’t had time to look them up as to dates yet either. I would like to note that Barbie was somewhat diverse before this latest must make a doll to look like every possible type madness.


Now, for my office pics. Notice the general chaos. My goal is to have tv dolls in one place, historical dolls in one, vintage in one and misc. in one etc..

See behind that chair? There are 2 large totes and a shelf with unopened dolls/sets/clothes in there…

Under that table are dolls I have blogged on but have not figured out their permanent place yet. Under my desk are vintage/ used modern dolls still waiting to be sorted and blogged…
I am hoping to finish my office organizing next week. I am making a decent dent in it today.

What have you been upto?
Hugs y’all

Ebay #3


The 3rd installment of my ebaying spree. This is a mix of homemade and factory made.
Ready?


A delightful striped sun dress.I did not find a tag but zippers seem to appear in the older vintage clothes, followed by snaps then velcro.


I would call this an afternoon dress. it is a bit fancy for just running errands but not ball gown style either.


Among my own clothes I have home clothes and town clothes. Some things I won’t wear when shopping or such. This I would denote as a town dress.

Another one I would call an afternoon dress, I can see it at a ladies tea. Perhaps church.

Now I am going to introduce a new model. I got this one specifically to model things from the 60s-70s. I had friends at school with hair like this and it just strikes me as a good mod doll.


I think I had a dress like this as a girl!


Definitely a ball gown!


A flannel like nightie. The auction I got these clothes from listed them as Barbie, Tammy and clone clothes. I am guessing this might be a Tammy, she is just a tad bigger than Barbie. Plus this doll is a petite.


A pleather suit? What ever it is, it is ugly!


Groovy!


A knitted dress. In several of my GLH books, these are mentioned. Though I think the style might be a bit different.


Another school style dress.


My mom had clothes like these.


A corduroy dress or jumper.


I have seen things like this on old 70s tv shows.


These jump suits facinate me. I like the style, not the colors.

Another knitted or crocheted dress. A bit big on this doll but cute.


A summer nightie.


Gown or house dress? I can’t decide. It feels sort of robe like but is made as a dress.


This doll looks best in the orange dresses.

Finally a blouse for all my skirts!


I remember quilted pants!


An easter dress!


Another what I would call morning dress. At least it feels that way to me.

I love this thing. No clue what it is. It looks like a baby doll nightie set.


I love this one. Not really a nightie but a gown for lounging at home in the evenings.

So what do you think?
Any favorites?
More to come!
Hugs y’all

Ebay #2

OK first there were 2 yesterday I missed.

These are definitely party dresses!

OK now, ready for some vintage?


First my favorite real Barbie dress. Suburban shopper. This is the no hat one. The other is still unpacked! These shoes are some from my blue shoe collection. This dress does not fit this doll. She is… bustier than the old dolls. Once I unpack the vintage dolls I will model it on one of them.


First we have my red head in a maroon ensemble. It looks to me sort of western. It is so pretty!


Here we have a modern bikini babe modeling an older body suit, with skirt and jacket.

Next we have Blondie in a nightie and robe. This is the easiest of the batch to put on her!

Ok ready for some mind blowing stitchery????

First the petticoat. I used to wear these but mine never had snaps!


Ok, Dark blue. This one has a bit of tape marked Bette on it. I wonder if this was a dress for her, or if she made it…


Light blue. This one is signed, Janet L. Lein.



Purple gingham…This is marked Janet L. Lein What talent!


With bonnets


Wedding gown

A new petticoat…


Perfect in pink.


For cold days… I am sad it has such a big stain! Still, lovely.

A few odd bits I have no clue what to do with! I do have more of this pink silky stuff someplace.

Well what do you think? Isn’t this a trousseau to be the envy of any 18th or even 19th century bride?
What is your favorite? Stay tuned for more!
Hugs Y’all

Ebay Bonanza part 1


A Change in Plans.

I know last time I said I was going to do a guy fashion show.
However … since then I have been shopping. Not just any shopping.
Vintage stuff on ebay shopping. I am doing a bit of selling too, not much but some.
I have found that if I bid late night, I can score some really cool deals.
I have scored more than I can write about too. At least in one sitting.
A few things, I got extras of. For instance. I LOVE the Suburban Shopper dress. It is one of my all time favorite real Barbie fashions. I don’t care about the hat or basket, I LOVE the dress. Well there were 2 running. I had been out bid EVERYTIME I tried for one. Figuring I would only get one, I bid on both. Well either everyone had already scored one, or they didn’t see these because both my first bids won!
I now have one with hat and one with out!

Most of the clothes are home made. I must say, they are much higher quality than any recent offering by Mattel.
Among the vintage dolls I have gotten, I have found 2 Sunset Malibu Barbies. I had one of these these as a child and she was one of my favorites. Actually I remember 2 Barbies out of my kidhood. This one and the Sweet 16 my mom got me for my 10th birthday. She had a stroke about a month later so that doll meant a lot to me. Before I got her, the Malibu or suntan Barbie as I called her, was my favorite. She liked to go camping in an orange and yellow pop up camper.

So to get this series going, here are some of the clothes I received, being modeled by various dolls.

This first batch of clothes are not vintage. They were made by a 95 year old lady. It seems Miss Louise felt girls didn’t want Barbie clothes anymore (and frankly with the offerings Mattel was setting out it was more unclothed than clothes.) So her grandchildren set out to prove her wrong. They go to yard sales and get material and she sews the dresses. I am ashamed to admit but I bought quite a lot of her items. I get a decent allowance, and lately most of it has gone into Barbie, or Bible class…
So here are my favorites from Miss Louise.
OK one thing I discovered about her gowns, they work best for the straight arm lasses.


First up, a princess! This blonde is in most of the dresses. She just looked better in them than the red head or brunettes.


Here she is in blue. This dress reminds me of Mary in LHIBW. When Mary got the blue dress to go with her blonde hair and blue eyes. No clue why but this doll looks like Mary.


White with blue trim.These gowns don’t look exactly like ball gowns, but maybe daily where from the 1800s.


Sweet and simple.


Ready for bed. This gown, if you have an under slip would be good for a spring or summer evening… it is see through though so I chose it as a nightie.
Now for some of the other dolls.


Pretty organdie (I don’t know why I think organdie when I see this one)


Same lass in a light day dress.


Now for some RED dresses! LOL


OK now for a couple of my favorites.

This last also reminded me of Laura and her black cashmere she wore to marry Almanzo.
I think that is all this time. If you wish to support Miss Louise the ebay seller id is debgponca

Now in one order, I will give you a peek. I not only received clothes, I got a bonus.


These are from what I have found, 1981 Ginny dolls by Sasson. Some how I think Vogue is involved but I haven’t done any in depth searching yet. i think maybe Voge made the dolls and Sasson made the clothes.
Stay tuned, lots of vintage coming up!
Hugs Y’all!